- 1. Depression is:
- a. A passing feeling of grief or sadness at a time of loss or stress.
- b. A long-term period of despair during which nothing, including life itself, seems to have any value.
- c. A sensible reaction to this messed-up world and my messed-up life.
- 2. Depression can be recognized as:
- a. Feeling out-of-sorts, unhappy, and a bit gloomy.
- b. A long period (generally three months or more) during which sadness and gloom prevails and nothing seems to offer any joy or reason for hope.
- c. Any typical day.
- 3. Depression can be defined as:
- a. A person’s choice not to be happy or content.
- b. A symptom that something is wrong in a person’s physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual health (or some combination of the above).
- c. Definitions are pointless. Depression is depression.
- 4. Christians respond to depression by:
- a. Calling it a sin, based on verses such as “do not be anxious about your life” (Matthew 6:25), “Be strong and courageous; Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed” (Joshua 1:9), and, “Cast all your cares upon Him, because He cares for you” (I Peter 5:7).
- b. Recognizing that godly people with strong faith can still face depression, based on verses such as “And he asked that he might die, saying, ‘It is enough now, O Lord; take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers’” (I Kings 19:4), “Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord” (Psalm 130:1), and, “My soul is sorrowful, even to death” (Matthew 26:38).
- c. Ignoring it, since nothing can be done about it anyhow.
- 5. When it comes to depression, Christians should:
- a. Trust in the Lord and not turn to doctors, counselors, or medicines, because they are worldly, and trusting them means not trusting the Lord.
- b. Thank the Lord for doctors, counselors, and medicines, receiving these blessings as gifts from him to help us continue living in a sin-polluted world.
- c. It doesn’t matter.
- 6. The best help a Christian can offer someone who is depressed is:
a. Tell them to cheer up, remind them to pray, and encourage them to increase their faith in God.
b. Spend time with them, listen to them, pray with them, and let them know that it is OK to seek help from worldly professionals as well as from the Bible and the Church.
c. Nothing makes any difference anyhow.
- 7. When people talk about committing suicide, their family and friends should:
- a. Ignore them, since they’re only trying to get attention and don’t really intend to hurt themselves.
- b. Listen to them, assure them that they are loved and needed, and encourage them to get professional help.
- c. Be glad that they won’t have to deal with that person much longer.
- 8. When a Christian succeeds in committing suicide, he or she:
- a. Has committed an unforgiveable sin and is barred forever from God’s presence in the new creation.
- b. Has succumbed to temptation and committed a sin, but is still covered by the grace of God which forgives all sins through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- c. Has won a victory over the cruel and oppressive world in which he or she was living.
- 9.Depressed people who make life-threatening choices—including abuse of drugs and alcohol, cutting their skin in non-fatal ways, eating too much, or starving themselves—are:
- a. Making mistakes that are unrelated to depression and suicide and should be handled as individual (albeit bad) decisions.
- b. Choosing a slower form of suicide which is still sinful, since they are not caring for the bodies that God created; however, their choices should be discussed within the context of their depression.
- c. Free to do whatever they wish, since they are only hurting themselves.
- 10. Depression is:
- a. Most common among teenagers and the elderly, among the poor, and among people dealing with other physical ailments.
- b. As likely to oppress people of any age, gender, economic status, overall health, and religious beliefs.
- c. It doesn’t matter.
SCORING YOURSELF ON THIS QUIZ:
For every A, give yourself one point; for every B, give yourself two points; for every C, give yourself five points.
If your score is nine or less: you need to improve your math skills.
If your score is ten to fourteen: you need to learn more about depression.
If your score is fifteen to twenty-four: you understand depression better than the average population.
If your score is twenty-five or higher: you need to be getting help. Talk to a religious or medical professional about your feelings. Allow trusted family members and friends to know what you are feeling. Contact someone who can work with you—even over the telephone. Understand that you are a valuable person, your life is worth living, and you are in the midst of a temporary situation that can be resolved.